New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

Scripture is iconographic. One of the interesting features of some icons is that the farther you look into the picture, the larger things become rather than smaller. The next time you see an icon that has scenery, look closely. Look at the windows, for instance. There may be one relatively small window at the forefront of the icon. Another window, obviously in the background, is much larger than the one in the foreground. Or look at the buildings. The buildings tend to get bigger in the back rather than smaller, as we would expect. Do you see what this does? It totally reverses our normal artistic perspective in which the picture recedes to a vanishing point.

—M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation, Anniversary Edition (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

When has scripture opened a broader view of God for you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit and the joints from the marrow. It’s able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions.
—Hebrews 4:12 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Help us, O God, to let you do whatever you want to do in our lives. Help us to say yes to you at the center of our being. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
M. Robert Mulholland Jr.Shaped by the Word
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Something More

In a success-oriented world, it is easy for Bible study to become another task to perform rather than a transformational experience. For nearly forty years, Shaped by the Word has shown Christians how to read the Bible not just for information but also for spiritual formation. Learn more about the anniversary edition of this classic here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted October 8, 2023 7:25 am

    Slowly but steadily scripture continuously broadens our understanding of God. The f course that assumes we keep reading it.
    A sun shiny day after rain almost all day yesterday. Leaves continue to change.
    Although expected for those of us who have grown up here, it never gets old. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted October 8, 2023 5:27 pm

    I’m not sure this is an answer to the question – but what is interesting to me is how the same passage of Scripture can have wildly different impacts at different stages of one’s growth. It is active and breathing, sharper than any two-edged sword. Thank You, Father – for Your Word and its never ending impactfulness.
    Wonderful to be in church, to sit through a full service. It’s been a long time coming. The tenderness of the incisions has subsided significantly in the past few days and I am grateful.
    My former student athlete and I attended a Fall festival today, in the crisp, cool air. We went for Gelato afterwards. She was reminiscing about how 3 years ago she had just been diagnosed with her cancer and had begun treatments. She is doing so well now. She is fostering, yet another puppy, so she has her hands full.
    I had a glass lantern specially requested at an art show in July. I was able to get it today at the show. I absolutely love it and it looks great. Well worth the wait.
    I called this morning to wish dad a happy 90th. He sounded a bit stronger…it may be because it was first thing in the morning. Becky and Don were going to carry out BBQ from his favorite restaurant and pick up a little cake for him.
    Turned on the furnace this morning…guess it is time. Surely noticing the earlier setting sun each evening.

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